Chris Silverwood
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Chris Silverwood, the head coach of Sri Lanka, criticized his team’s bowlers’  lack of discipline following their 67-run defeat to India in the opening ODI in Guwahati.

Dasun Shanaka scored a century in a losing cause as Sri Lanka fell to a 67-run defeat to India in the first ODI.

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As India thrashed Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the opening one-day international of the three-match series at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, Virat Kohli and Dasun Shanaka stole the show. The visitors finished their 50 overs at 306 for 8 with Dasun Shanaka’s unbeaten 108 off 88 balls, but India made a challenging total of 373 for 7 thanks to Virat Kohli’s 113 off 87 balls, his 73rd international century.

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Rohit Sharma (83) and Shubman Gill (70) of India built a strong foundation with a 143-run opening stand after Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka called for the hosts to play first after winning the toss. In his 10-over performance, Kasun Rajitha took three wickets but also gave up 88 runs. Dasun Shanaka, Pathaum Nissanka (72), and Dhananjaya de Silva (47) displayed strong fortitude during Sri Lanka’s pursuit but were unable to save a loss. The best bowler was Umran Malik, who finished with 3 for 57.

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“India knew that they had to get off to a good start”: Chris Silverwood

Sri Lankan head coach Chris Silverwood questioned his bowlers’ lack of discipline.

“Obviously, we didn’t get off to the best start. To be brutally honest, our discipline in the first 10 overs was weak at times, and we allowed India to get off to a decent start. This is a high-scoring area. India recognized the importance of getting off to a solid start, and we allowed them to do so, “Chris Silverwood remarked after the game.

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“They gained momentum as a result, and we had to constantly push back to attempt to slow them down. And I believe we did this for a time. But when you have a world-class batting line-up like India’s, it’s difficult to stop them,” Chris Silverwood Added.

Sri Lanka’s fielding was also considered poor. Kohli was dropped twice, first on 52 and again on 81. He went on to score 113 runs on only 87 balls.

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